War, “Why Can’t We Be Friends?”

War’s song that’s all about answering the question in the chorus makes me happy every time it comes on for three reasons:

  • It’s a none too subtle dig at those (Nice White Liberals(tm), for the vast majority) who ask the question unironically, with jaw-dropping ignorance and self-involvement.
  • For the longest time I didn’t know the singer on the CIA bars was Eddy Grant, like the “Electric Avenue”, “Romancing the Stone” Eddy Grant from my middle school years, and I love the connection.
  • The song got used to great effect in the Drederick Tatum (Mike Tyson) v. Homer Simpson storyline.